Feng Shui Basics

Feng Shui Basics

Feeling kinda clogged and stagnant lately? Does waiting for this to pass feel like it’s taking too long? Maybe it’s time to check into the solution that’s inherent in the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui. This often-mispronounced form of life empowerment hails from China, but is something anyone can follow and master. All it takes is practice, and little by little, as you build on your knowledge of the art you will begin to naturally understand and perfect your Feng Shui-enhanced environment, relationships and life.

Principles, Harmony and Flow of Energy as Keywords
Clarity of mind, enhanced ability to enjoy your environment, improvements to your finances, health, career and relationships are all strong and proven benefits of Feng Shui. Most people go about their lives without a second thought to how their environment affects them and their thinking, all the time. By a concentrated arrangement secured by Feng Shui principles, you can take control of your environment in the most powerfully effective way for perfecting every aspect of your life. There are three Power Principles of Feng Shui:

Chi: Chi is energy, and can build up in objects. The objects in your home are best configured to hold onto energy and not lose it. Poorly arranged objects can allow for energy that comes in via the door to be quickly lost through windows–or the chi could become blocked and bound. With Feng Shui guiding your arranging style, you will facilitate the gentle and constant flow of energy throughout your home or office space, with healing all around.

The Five Elements: The elements of Feng Shui are each characterized by a distinctive shape, color and certain set of attributes. These are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Balanced elements are sought for interiors.

The Bagua: In Chinese, bagua is the same as English octagon, referring to being 8-sided. The bagua is a chart that’s used in mapping the different spaces within a home or office, for strategic Feng Shui placement based on the Five Elements. It employs a grid that represents nine specific aspects of your life:

  • Power/Wealth/Abundance
  • Reputation/Fame/Social Life
  • Love/Marriage/Relationships
  • Creativity/Children/Fun
  • Spirituality/Travel/Helpful People
  • Individuality/Career/Work
  • Self-Knowledge/Wisdom/Inner Peace
  • Family/Health/Community
  • Balance/Well Being/Harmony

Even the type and shape of your house or office is a factor, and influences the shape of the bagua you’ll use. This includes townhouses or row houses, which would use a vertical bagua. Colonials, ranches and split levels would use a horizontal bagua. Within the interior and exterior areas, intentional placement will consider both the shape of each object within that space, as well as the direction in which it is positioned. Also, it’s configuration within a grouping of other objects matters.

Basic Feng Shui Tools
Color is used in representing the Five Elements of Feng Shui, and affects wall, ceiling and floor colors as well as furniture, rugs, pillows and all decorative accents. Sound–especially music is a prominent tool of Feng Shui. Other sounds can be wind chimes and moving water, fountain installations, both inside and outside. Types of wall art and sculptures–and their specific placement affects the flow of each space, as well as lighting and its ability to emulate natural lighting is factored-in. Fireplaces, candles and reflective objects are included here. The inclusion of healthy, green growing things like plants requires thoughtful placement based on their colors and shapes. Silk plants can be used when there is insufficient light to grow real plants. In addition to wind chimes for sound, their movement is important, along with other moving installations, whether they are flags, mobiles or even weather vanes. Mirrors and crystals must be free of flaws to be seen as curative.

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